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Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan, a woman who's become an international business success

Fervour, passion, zeal.... all are adjectives that describe how Annie Sloan's customers feel about her paint. Many a competitor company would kill to know just what it is about it that inspires such devotion. Its creator isn't entirely sure either, except that it's damn good stuff

Jotul makes modern as well as traditional stoves

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. So are they always a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Pots of Paint is a very eco friendly brand

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality?

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

Vinyl floor printed by Floorink

It's the wipe clean sensible choice - yet lots of us think vinyl flooring is decidedly un-eco-friendly, not to mention a bit low-rent, so don't choose it so much these days. But Kay Hill finds many stylish designs and a product that's recyclable

Fairground collage by Rosalind Freeborn

Do you find yourself wondering 'but is it eco?' when you look at pieces of art? If so, you'll be glad to know plenty of artists are striving to create work that is as environmentally-friendly as it is aesthetically-pleasing

Worktops in Tundra Dekton XGloss

The biggest brands, which sell very well in the UK and the US, are Silestone and now Dekton. Both are by global player Cosentino, which asserts that it's a very eco friendly business

Keep your desk tidy with Mad Lab storage boxes and pen holders

Mad Lab likes to think small. Choose from Useful or Soul objects, all hand-made from sustainable woods

Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins

One that you can spend an evening in watching the TV without ending up with neck or backache; one that is not too hard or too doughy? It's a subjective business of course, but here are some chairs we think are a pleasure to sit in - and they're eco-friendly of course

Farmhouse Revival looks at fine examples of the American farmhouse

There's a lot of recycling, upcycling and makin' do and mendin' if you want an authentic farmhouse interior. Farmhouse Revival by Steve Gross and Susan Daley looks at 20 beautiful farmhouses in Northeast America, and should inspire those who want an antidote to minimalism

FORMcard is made in the UK and it's biodegradable

Forgotten how to make do and mend? Get yourself a pack of bioplastic FORMcard, which less than a year after its launch is proving a remarkable global success.

American White Oak kitchen by Sustainable Kitchens in Bristol

Whether you invest your life savings in a luxury one, or you do it on a shoestring, you can make sure your kitchen doesn't leave a giant-sized carbon footprint in its wake

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